Notre Dame Hoops: Predictions and Hot Takes for the 2017 Season

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Notre Dame basketball is upon us. Mike Brey’s 2017-18 team will look to translate the University’s success from the gridiron to the hardwood when the Irish travel to Chicago to take on DePaul Saturday. The Golden Domer Daily staff made a few predictions for this Irish team:

Nate Erbach:

On how the Irish will finish in the ACC: The Irish will finish 3rd in ACC in the regular season, but will make the championship game. Duke will be your ACC champions.

On how the Irish will finish in the tournament: Elite 8.

Who will be Notre Dame’s player of the year? Bonzie Colson (he’ll also be the Player of the Year in the ACC)

Who will be Notre Dame’s most improved player? TJ Gibbs is most improved. This is a toss-up between Gibbs and Rex Pfleuger, but Gibbs’ improved outside shooting and driving ability will be the difference.

Who will be Notre Dame’s top newcomer? Elijah Burns. He’s been announced the sixth man, and although there’s a lot of fanfare with DJ Harvey, Burns will be relied upon heavily in the paint.

Carlee North:

On how the Irish will finish in the ACC: 3rd in ACC (Duke wins)

On how the Irish will finish in the tournament: Sweet 16

Who will be Notre Dame’s player of the year? Bonzie Colson

Who will be Notre Dame’s most improved player? Rex Pfleuger

Who will be Notre Dame’s top newcomer? DJ Harvey because he will have to play meaningful minutes in the paint all season.

Ben Belden:

On how the Irish will finish in the ACC: Duke and North Carolina will be the two teams to beat in the ACC this season, so Notre Dame will likely finish the regular season below those two.

On how the Irish will finish in the tournament: I think this is the season the Irish break the mold and make the Final Four. Guard play and experience wins in tournament time. The Irish have both in Matt Farrell.

Who will be Notre Dame’s player of the year? Bonzie Colson will have the most impact, but don’t underestimate how important Matt Farrell is to this team.

Who will be Notre Dame’s most improved player? TJ Gibbs showed some growing pains against West Virginia in the tournament. He also showed flashes of a really good player. He’ll be most improved this season.

Who will be Notre Dame’s top newcomer? Elijah Burns. If the Irish are going to compete with the nation’s best teams, they’ll need good post play. Burns will be relied upon heavily.

Jack Leniart:

On how the Irish will finish in the ACC: I think the Irish will finish 3rd in ACC in the regular season and make it to the Semifinals of the conference tournament.

On how the Irish will finish in the tournament: Round of 32. A fair amount of tournament success hinges on seeding and how the bracket lines up. In the absence of that information, this prediction is more of a gut feel. It feels like Notre Dame is due for an upset in the NCAA tournament this year.

Who will be Notre Dame’s player of the year? Bonzie Colson. Surprise surprise. Colson is one of the most dynamic players in the country, and I fully expect him to have yet another dominant season.

Who will be Notre Dame’s most improved player? Rex Pfleuger. I think his biggest improvement will be on the offensive side of the ball, where he was asked to do very little last season. I anticipate Pflueger will take full advantage of his expanded role this season.

Who will be Notre Dame’s top newcomer? DJ Harvey. There is no shortage of buzz and excitement surrounding the freshman from DeMatha High School. I believe he will make an immediate impact in his first season at Notre Dame.

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